The reason we continue advocating travelling the length and breadth of the world is that it is beautiful. The many landscapes, topographies, naturally and man-made wonders, pristine beaches, and several other beauteous sights are worth every investment made of time, effort and money to visit them. Saluting the traveller and wanderlust in you, we bring you a list of some of the most exotic places on earth – because you deserve the best of the best for your next vacation.
- For an out of this world experience, we highly recommend Mount Roraima – the highest peak of the Pakaraima mountain chain in South America. What makes Mount Roraima so exotic is that it is amongst the world’s most extraordinary natural and environmental formations, with a summit area of 31 square kilometres. This magnificent mount is surrounded by 400-metre tall cliffs, and the borders of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana, making it appear even more stately and awe-inspiring
- Caño Cristales is a tributary of the Guayabero River, and is in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta, Colombia. It is famous as being the most beautiful river in the world, and is even referred to as the Liquid Rainbow given the five colours – bright yellow, green, blue, black, and shades of red, which shimmer from the bottom of the river. The sight is mesmerizing given that it is unique and unseen anywhere else. The red colour of the river comes from a red plant that grows in the river bed, known as Macarenia clavigera. The other colours come from algae, black rocks, yellow sand, and the natural blue colour of the water. The presence of pools, waterfalls, and caves add to the dramatic and visually stunning appeal of this river. What is also interesting and unique is that the river has no fish or other water creatures, making it a great place for a swim.
- The Island of Gozo, Malta is one of the top diving and snorkelling destinations, boasting also of amazing panoramas, mystical backwaters, magnificent coastline, and Ġgantija – one of the archipelago’s best-preserved prehistoric temples. Additionally, the ornate churches and old farmhouses made of stone dot the beautiful countryside, along with historical forts and sites. The nightlife rocks, cultural events are a highlight, and there are some outstanding places to dine in – completing the experience of this exotic location.
- An indescribable hue of blue – the submarine sinkhole or The Great Blue Hole, off the Belize coast should be on every traveller’s bucket list and for those who love scuba diving. If diving with the plethora of life and species underwater is not your thing, flying over the Blue Hole is a jaw-dropping and mesmerizing experience by itself.
- How about including a wildlife safari as one of the most exotic places on earth? Visit North Tanzania, the home of Mount Kilimanjaro, East Africa for one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife safaris ever. The most spectacular wildlife experiences is the Great Migration of the Wildebeest in The Serengeti, and is truly an unforgettable experience. The safari on the floor of the crater of the extinct Ngorongoro volcano, offers game viewing that is unparalleled. Mount Kilimanjaro towers over and is the world’s highest and one of the toughest to scale in Africa. The Hadzabe Tribe live in The Rift Valley of the Lakes of Natron and Eyasi, and this is the breeding ground for the largest flocks of flamingos in the world. The Tarangire Wildlife Park is still unblemished and quiet, and yet a nonpareil place for wildlife viewing.
- One of the best preserved forests in the world, The Białowieża Forest is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. It has a diverse and complex forest eco-system including wetlands, meadows, and river valleys. It holds within varied population of large mammals and carnivores such as wolf and lynx, and several others. The richness of the dead wood has produced highly diverse fungi and creatures that feed on dead wood. The undisturbed and unblemished old-growth forests, add to the mystical and exotic appeal of this place. It is also home to 800 European bison, Europe’s heaviest land animal.
- Visit the Mendenhall Ice Caves while they are still around. With global warming, these ice caves are melting fast. The incredible Mendenhall Glacier is 12 miles long, and is 12 miles from Juneau, Southeast Alaska. The Ice Caves are under the water, seeming like a shimmering cyan ceiling – making it a magical and surreal experience to cross. Since the ice caves are inside the glacier, visitors must be willing to kayak inside, and climb the ice over the glacier. It is truly an astounding sight and a wonder of nature, which unfortunately is melting away fast.
- Green and lush groves of olives, pristine bays, and a natural surrounding so perfect, it seems like a picture off a postcard – Porto Heli, Greece is one of the most exotic places on earth. Stunning Mediterranean landscape, attractive resorts and villas, the Island of Spetses, fresh fish varieties, and a buzzing nightlife make this place a truly stunning and visually appealing destination.
There are so many more – the list is seemingly endless, after all, our world is limitless too. Obviously then, we cannot stop here. We will bring you a list of more such exotic places on the face of our Earth.